Indonesia: Central Aceh earthquake - DREF operation n° MDRID008 - Update no. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


Period covered by this update: 15 July to 31 August 2013

Summary: CHF 192,990 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 16 July 2013 to support Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia - PMI) in delivering assistance to 5,000 beneficiaries (1,000 households) over a period of two months.

This allocation is in response to a 6.2 magnitude earthquake which occurred in Indonesia’s Aceh province on the island of Sumatra on 2 July 2013. The epicentre was located at the western end of Aceh Tengah (Central Aceh) district close to the boundary of Bener Meriah in central Aceh.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake, having a Modified Mercalli Intensity rating of 6 to 7 would cause significant damage to poorly designed structures, with partial to total collapse likely. This is consistent with the damage caused by the earthquake which also resulted in landslides. Most areas close to the epicentre were cut off from access to power and telecommunications.

The local government disaster management agency (Badan Nasional Penanggulan Bencana - BNBP) reported that the earthquake resulted in 42 deaths and displaced 53,403 people. Six people remain missing, buried in a landslide which swept away most of their village. It is unlikely they will be recovered. In total, the earthquake is reported to have damaged some 20,400 buildings, including houses, schools, health centres, religious structures and community facilities.

Since the first day of the earthquake, PMI has been actively providing relief and medical support for some 5,000 affected people. This operation is expected to be implemented over a two-month timeframe, from mid-July through mid-September. In line with Federation reporting standards, the final narrative and financial reports will be published by mid-December 2013, 90 days after the operation ends.

Donors to this DREF operation are Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO), the Coca-Cola Foundation, and Tsunami Residual Funds.

On behalf of the Indonesian Red Cross, IFRC acknowledges with much gratitude, the contributions from each donor.